211 by Tara Panasewicz, CEO

United Way of Kenosha County is an impact organization that fights for the health, education, financial stability and basic needs of every person in our community.   We accomplish this by developing relationships with partners like local school districts, Universities, financial institutions, hospitals and our nonprofit partners to address our community’s most critical needs that are not being met.  Then, we provide programming and services that address these needs so everyone in our community has opportunities for success which lead them to live healthy productive lives.

 

United Way knows that Kenosha County residents cannot be productive members of the workforce if they are not connected to services that they need. That is why we partnered with IMPACT 2-1-1. Impact 2-1-1 is a central access point for people in need.  During times of personal crisis or community disaster, this free, confidential helpline and online resource directory makes it easy for residents to get connected to information and assistance. By calling 2-1-1, Kenosha County residents are able to receive information about accessing emergency food, housing, child care, crisis counseling, substance abuse treatment and more. When basic needs are addressed, individuals can focus on work and family.  

At United Way of Kenosha County, a critical part of our mission is to connect people in need with local resources and assistance when they need them and that is why we partnered with Impact.  Impact’s mission is to change lives, for good.  They help people take the first step to resolve a crisis and create a path toward stabilization; as well as collaborate with our partners to foster system improvement.  They do this through comprehensive assessment of complex problems; expert navigation and connection to appropriate resources; collection, analysis and interpretation of data; implementation of research based planning and process evaluation.

United Way has a long history of supporting services like Impact 2-1-1, and understands the valuable safety net they provide our community.  A safety net of emergency food, shelter, and provisions will always be an essential part of United Way's investment in our community as crisis, homelessness and hunger can happen anytime, to virtually anyone. In 2017, 825 calls were received and 1,002 referrals were made to local organizations for assistance in Kenosha County.

United Way of Kenosha County supported 2-1-1 is a powerful tool available to address needs in real time.  A free, easy to remember, non-emergency telephone number connects people to vital health services and human resources that can improve lives.  Call specialists are waiting 24 hours, seven days a week to provide information about the full range of available community services.  Simply dial 2-1-1 from any phone, or text your ZIP code to 898-211.  To learn more, visit impactinc.org or unitedwayofkenoshacounty.org/2-1-1-impact.